Meter is a cross-platform tool
Thus, you can work with both a local instance and an instance installed on the server.
JMeter is an open source project
It is developed by an active community of users. Note: the lack of restrictions in terms of modification and the creation of new plugins.
Almost any purpose
JMeter is distributed under Apache License 2.0, which allows you to use the tool for almost any purpose.
Easy to deploy and easy to use
In order to deploy JMeter locally, just download and unzip the archive located on the official website.
The ability to work with both the UI and without it
Running test scripts on the command line allows you to fully integrate them into scripts of CI tools.
JMeter is software that can perform a stress test, a performance-oriented business (functional) test, a regression test, etc.